£6.47m Boost to Cycling in North Birmingham

By on 05/07/2011 in News

 A major initiative to promote cycling and walking in the north of Birmingham has today been announced by Birmingham City Council after the Government agreed to provide a grant of more than £4.1m, toward the £6.47m 'Bike North Birmingham' project.

Unveiling the project during his annual report to the city council this afternoon, Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Culture, said the project would bring major benefits to cyclists, pedestrians and other users of green transport alike.

Focusing initially on physical improvements to cycling/walking routes, signage, safety and better connections across a 52km2 area to the north of the city, the project will aim to introduce 30km of better cycle and pedestrian connections to key local services such as schools, the public transport network, shops, employment hubs and recreational activities (i.e. Sutton Park and the New Hall Valley).

Cllr Huxtable, said: “This project will provide a catalyst to transform and significantly increase cycling in North Birmingham, which will not only reduce congestion and carbon emissions, but also contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.

“By introducing better and more direct links to schools, employment hubs, and leisure services we can really open up a wealth of opportunities to people of all ages.”

Money will also be spent on initiatives to promote the new improvements and try to change people's behaviour towards more sustainable modes of travel, which are better for the environment, economy and public's health.

To be delivered by the City Council in partnership with organisations such as Sustrans, Centro, London Midland, AMEY and local health bodies, Bike North Birmingham will be delivered over a four year period, up until 2015.

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